2021 Cultural Survival Indigenous Community Media Youth Fellowship

Deadline: March 5, 2021.

Cultural Survival is pleased to announce its fourth call for proposals for the Indigenous Community Media Youth Fellowship which supports Indigenous youth communicators in building their capacity as radio broadcasters and journalists through specific training, community radio visits and exchanges, radio production, conference attendance, and other educational opportunities. Applicants must reside in one of the following countries: Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Nepal and northern India.


Project themes to include: 

  • Land defense
  • Strengthening and revitalization of Indigenous cultures
  • Protection and promotion of the human rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Promotion and strengthening of Indigenous languages
  • Promotion of Indigenous women’s leadership and participation
  • Revitalization of ancestral knowledge
  • Youth empowerment and participation
  •  Decolonization approaches


  • Indigenous youth between the ages of 17 and 25
  • Access to the internet and other forms of communication to creatively collaborate with other fellows and to participate in video conferences
  • Commitment and motivation to learn about technology, program development, work of other community radios, and the international promotion of Indigenous rights.
  • Applicants must be able to work and travel independently and be responsible for implementing their proposed projects. The project can be submitted individually or by a collective of youth from a community radio station.
  • Applicants must reside in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa or northern India.
  • The project budget must be no more than $2,500 US dollars.
  • Present a letter of recommendation from either a traditional authority or Indigenous community media authority in your community. 


Each fellow receives $2,500 USD to implement their project during a 8 to 10 month period.


Your proposal must be designed to: 

  • Strengthen capacity in journalism
  • Develop radio content on topics related to (but not limited to) the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), decolonized history of Indigenous Peoples, protection of lands and resources, Indigenous women’s rights, Indigenous youth issues, cultural and ancestral heritage, national legislation affecting Indigenous Peoples’ rights
  • Build skills in audiovisual technology
  • Use free, open source software that facilitates the editing and creation of informative content
  • Support the development of new capacities in the community through training and workshops that help the development of new communication projects

OFFICIAL LINK: https://www.culturalsurvival.org/programs/community-media/youth-fellowship

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